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Title: Facing Demons
Author: Lynley Wayne
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Cooley Design Studio
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance
At the age of fifteen, Seth Dempsey gave his heart to Cameron Reyes. Three years later, Cam shattered it when he walked away. When Cam blows back into Seth’s life years later, Seth knows he will do whatever it takes to ensure Cam doesn’t slip away again. Even if it means going up against a corrupt DEA agent and a drug cartel.
Cameron Reyes was born on the wrong side of the tracks. He fell in love with Seth, but knew the only way to keep him safe was to leave, no matter how much it hurt. Eleven years later, when his life implodes, he knows the only person he can trust is the boy whose heart he broke all those years ago.
While they fight to stay one step ahead of everyone and clear Cam’s name, can they learn to work together in order to face down the demons of the past and find the happily ever after they have dreamed of?
We are here today to talk about Facing Demons. What can you tell us about it?
This is book three in the Scars series. It starts out with Seth, Landon, and Cam as teenagers. You get to see the friendships these three share and how it changes over time. The second half of the book takes place several years later, when they are adults. There is a lot going on, death, drug cartels, dirty cops, and at the center of it all you have Seth and Cam.
Normally, my main focus is the characters and plot is secondary. In this book I would say it’s about fifty-fifty. While this is book three, all of the books in this series were meant to be standalones. If read in order the reader will get more backstory on the characters, but they won’t be lost if they read them out of order.
Can you tell us more about Seth and Cam?
Seth was introduced in Rocky’s Road. He’s friends with one of the main characters, Landon. In Rocky’s Road, you learn a few things about Seth; he’s a Dom, bisexual, has tattoos, owns the club, is rich, and wishes he had the kind of relationship that Landon and Rocky do. In this book you learn a lot more about him. You see the closeness between him and Landon, you find out how me made his money and how he feels about being a billionaire.
Cam, he’s damaged. There’s really no other word to describe him. To say he had a horrible childhood would be an understatement. Cam has defenses for his defenses. He is also full of contradictions. Cam has a tendency to self-sabotage. Because of what he’s been through, he has a hard time believing he deserves to be happy. Anytime he gets close to getting what he really wants, he will do something to make sure it doesn’t happen.
I love a good second chance romance. At the same time they break my heart. How do you make Cam a sympathetic enough character that the readers will overlook the little flaw of having broke Seth’s heart?
I think knowing what Cam was going through at the time and how much it hurt him to do what he did, will go a long way with readers. It’s clear what Cam’s reasoning was; why he made the decisions that he did.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Write the stories that are inside you and not what you think you should write. If you don’t care about your characters/story, then odd are, your readers won’t either.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever had someone say about one of your books in an email or review?
“There have been a few books I’ve read where I get that the characters love each other, but very few authors can make you feel it in your gut. Dan and Travis’s love for each other literally knocked me off my feet. I think that’s why this was such and emotionally charged story for me. I just wanted to hug Dan tight and cry right along with him.” –Lynn
That quote was from a review for my novella, A Life Interrupted. For me, as a writer, there is no greater compliment than saying they felt the character’s emotions. I work hard to write books that readers can connect with. Knowing one person thinks I got it right makes it all worth it. Months of hard work, doubt, frustration, and sometimes, even tears, go into each and every book. I may never be a great writer, but I will always put 100% into every story I write. I can only hope my characters are memorable enough that they forget any other flaws there may be.
If you could rewrite your first published novel what would you change?
That’s a hard question. Scars, was my first novel and it’s close to my heart for that very reason. The first time Jace Montgomery popped into my head, I fell in love with him. I love his and Nathaniel’s story, but at the same time there are a lot of technical things that I’d change if given a chance. I didn’t have a clue how to edit and it shows.
There are several unnecessary scenes and there’s a lot of sex in that book. I’d probably take out one or two of the sex scenes and add in a little more backstory for Nathaniel.
I had to cut over 25K words from Scars before it was released, so a lot of information about other characters ended up being taken out. Originally, there was a scene with Jace and Landon where Landon talks about his family. The essence of that scene ended up in Rocky’s Road. There were also a couple scenes that dealt with more of Nathaniel’s past, as well as a few with Jace’s brothers. Some of those I’d probably add back in, or at least a version of them.
If you were having a coffee klatch, name five characters, each from a different book, with whom you’d like to share that special time with?
- Acheron from Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon
- Lizard Monroe from Witches on Parole by Debora Geary
- Aral Kingslayer from Broken Blade by Kelly McCullough
- Linc Carpenter from Bartender P.I. by Ethan Stone
- Oliver Stone from The Camel Club by David Baldacci
Rapid Fire Time:
- Handcuffs or Rope? Handcuffs
- Coke or Pepsi? water
- Electronica or Jazz? Jazz
- Salty or Sugary? Salty
- Beach or Mountains? Beach
- Music or TV/Movies? Television, although I much prefer reading
- Vodka or Tequila? I don’t drink
What are you working on? What is next?
I’m working on a few different things at the moment. One being, the sequel to, A Life Interrupted. It will be written from Travis’s POV and take place several months after the end of, A Life Interrupted.
I’m also hoping to finish up a few of the hundreds of WIPs I have. I have some that are more than halfway finished, but for whatever reason I stopped working on. I have so many files at the moment that I can’t keep track of them all. I would like to get them cleared out a bit.
As far as what’s next… you’ll just have to wait and see.
About the Author:
Lynley Wayne is the pen name of a thirty-something female living on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. When not writing, she can usually be found reading and thinking up creative ways to avoid housework. She is married to a very understanding man who doesn’t complain when she spends hours in front of the computer, or talks for hours about whatever story she’s working on, or asks random off the wall questions. He also keeps her fed on those occasions when her muse has taken over and she loses days at a time. Yeah, basically he’s vying for sainthood.
Lynley strongly believes everyone is entitled to their own version of happiness, no matter how it may differ from the norm. She writes characters she wants to read and hopes others like reading about them as much as she enjoyed writing them.
It is her hope that one day society will be able to look past the labels and see the person behind them. That they will realize we are all the same. Until that time comes, she will continue telling stories of a love others may believe is wrong, but she thinks is nothing short of beautiful.
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/LynleyWayne
Lynley Wayne has kindly offered ebook copy of winner’s choice from my backlist to 1 lucky commenter
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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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